Marathon Training Week 1 Complete! Now on to Week 2!

Week 1 of Marathon Training is officially complete! 15 miles total for the week (I know, not that huge, but still!)

I’ve also managed to drop about another 5 lbs in the past two weeks, bringing my total weight loss to right around 95lbs! I’m getting tantalizingly close to that magic three digit number.

My motivation has remained pretty high this week, despite that difficult 4 mile run earlier on. I did another three mile run this past Thursday at the track at dusk, and it was one of my best runs ever. It was actually really relaxing, and I felt fantastic! Best of all, I barely felt any soreness the following day.

Saturday was my long run day. The training plan calls for week one’s long run to be 5 miles. Instead of looping around the track 20 times, I decided to pay my old friend, the Bayonne Bridge, a visit. Before, when I would run the bridge, I would just go across to the end, then turn right back. This time, my route would take me into the town of Bayonne for about a mile or so.

Now, the incline on the bridge itself is pretty long and steep. But, when I got into Bayonne itself, I found out that the terrain was rather hilly, making for a pretty difficult run. In hindsight, I probably wont take that route for a long run for a little while, only because it’s very taxing – combined with the longer distance, it’s not an easy run at all.

After I got home, showered, rehydrated, and ate, I felt like a million bucks. My body is really starting to get used to this, and I’m reaping the benefits of a healthier lifestyle – more energy, confidence, and much less fatigue. Well, that wraps up Week 1. Stay tuned for Week 2!

– therunningfatguy


Day 2 of Marathon Training

It was hell. That’s all that could be said about today’s run. It was really hot, I was more sore than I originally thought, and I probably could’ve used an extra day of rest before hitting the track again. Nevertheless, I did my 4 miles.

Whenever I go out running, I try to keep to one strict rule: once I start running, I don’t stop unless there is an obstacle that I cannot go around. I keep going until either the mileage for the day has been covered or if I feel like I will drop if I continue. I stopped twice today.

For those of you in the NYC area, you know today was a scorcher (something like 87 degrees). Most of the other runners on the track were taking breaks too, so I didn’t feel as bad, but still… I don’t like stopping!

I hit the wall at the end of mile two, and started calling it a day from there. I walked to my car, stopped, and looked back at the track. I thought to myself, “better to get the 4 miles in, even with stopping, than to go home having only gone halfway.” With that, I marched back to the track, gave myself one walking lap, and continued on.

It was so hot that, in order to keep from passing out, I kept my pace to a slow shuffle. I maintained that for the next 3/4 mile until I had to stop again. I gave myself another 1/4 walk and finished up with what was the most grueling 1 1/4 miles I have ever run. I did have this odd burst of energy in the last lap, where I was able to get back to a decent clip and finish relatively strong, but after that I was wiped out. When I got home, I weighed myself and found that I lost 5 lbs of water weight! Too bad that’ll be back soon.

Today was hard, but I was able to maintain my motivation. Never quit!


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